For general information about Sterling Montessori's admissions and lottery process, please visit our Charter Admissions page.
January 2021: Sterling is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has approved our revised mission statement and guiding principles. This process began in May 2019 with the LHU Board, administrators and staff collaborating on our Sterling’s strategic goals for the next few years.
The mission of Sterling Montessori is to create a diverse educational community, grounded in the Montessori philosophy and teaching practices, that fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in its students. We strive to empower each student to become life-long learners who respect themselves, others and their environment.
For more information on the Montessori Methods, please visit our Montessori Education Page
Sterling Montessori is a model charter school that demonstrates how the Montessori Method and a commitment to academic excellence helps students reach their full potential.
We envision a sustainable, accessible, and diverse institution that graduates thriving students who are engaged in lifelong learning and are empowered to become positive, contributing members of their immediate and global communities.
Sterling Montessori follows the philosophy and teaching practices based on the Montessori Method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870- 1952). Montessori education emphasizes learning through all five senses.
Children learn at their own pace with a goal of nurturing a natural desire for knowledge, understanding, and respect. A child’s work at Sterling Montessori is an exciting process of discovery leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.
Montessori classrooms have three-year multi-age groups (ages 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and 12-15) together, forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger children. The Montessori method of education is a child- centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children. Children develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively in order to thrive in the real world.